Standing Room forSome Kithkin at a Seattle Living Room Show

Seattle Living Room Shows Sisters Kristen and Carrie Watt turn their own Craftsman home into a concert venue for Seattle Living Room Shows, inviting 40 to 60 people to hear a usually acoustic set by top acts such as Allen Stone, Shelby Earl, Damien Jurado, and Mary Lambert. (Their newer Seattle Secret Shows won’t even reveal the musicians until performance time.) Attendees get access via the SLRS email list, and the $15 to $40 tickets can sell out immediately. The secret location—the Watt sisters also use friends’ homes and art galleries and put on up to three gigs a month—is often revealed to ticketholders only days before the performance. It’s like an exclusive house party where you don’t have to bring a hostess gift.


Suyama Space Suyama Peterson Deguchi is a contemporary architecture firm in back and a design retail store—the latter called 3x10—in front. Sandwiched in between is a free gallery dedicated to contemporary art, in a room with wood-plank floors, an open-beam ceiling, and concrete walls. Site Machine Installations by Pizon Rice, a show about memory that uses cameras, screens, and lights, opens on January 20. None of the three entities are easy to find; from the Belltown street, look for the wiry “2324” on the former auto repair shop. Once in the store, wind between the furniture and found objects for sale to find the doorway to the art space. 2324 Second Ave, Belltown, 206-256-0809


Free Museum Tickets Even if you haven’t checked out a book since fifth grade, here’s an incentive to get a library card: The Seattle Public Library offers cardholders free admission to select museums, including Chinatown’s Wing Luke Museum (regular admission: $13), Experience Music Project ($20), and Seattle Art Museum ($20), though a limited number are available for each date. It’s a free passport to some of the city’s best cultural opportunities—all for the price of a library card ($0).


Open Mic at Jai Thai Some of the most exciting comedy in the city happens in a waft of curry. Every Tuesday and Sunday night at 9pm, the Broadway location of Jai Thai surrenders its back bar to Punchline Comedy Shows’ open-mic series. Don’t let the “open-mic” part keep you away. Amid the nervous first timers, seasoned pros—Emmett Montgomery, Drew Barth—try out new material. Admission is free, but you’ll want to order a Manny’s. Maybe some curry. 235 Broadway E, Capitol Hill, 206-322-5781

The Pioneer Building rests on the site of Seattle settler Henry Yesler’s former home

THE PIONEER BUILDING The historic Romanesque 1892 building that faces the Pioneer Square Pergola—the Underground Tour office is on the first floor—is one of a handful of surviving “fireproof” brick-and-terra-cotta buildings constructed in the aftermath of 1889’s Great Seattle Fire. Renovated in the 1970s, the building (on the site of Seattle settler Henry Yesler’s home) now houses Seattle’s oldest accessible passenger-elevator cars. Tour groups need permission to see the cages, distinctive molding, and steel beams that cross the six-floor indoor atrium, but single visitors can sneak a peek on weekdays. 600 First Ave S, Pioneer Square, 206-624-1783